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Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 85–98 | Cite as

Practical considerations in the use of TEI headers in a large corpus

  • Dominic Dunlop
Part II: Document-Wide Encoding Issues

Abstract

Many aspects of the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) are applicable to corpora and text collections, and to the texts that these contain. As the first large corpus developed using mark-up conforming to the guidelines, the British National Corpus (BNC) is a test-bed for many TEI-developed mechanisms. This is particularly true in the case of the TEI header, which has three intended applications — to describe a corpus, to describe an individual text, and as a free-standing bibliographic record — all of them used by the BNC. This paper describes the application of the TEI header to the BNC. It is intended that this information should, through a description of experience on a practical project, serve as a guide for those wishing to use TEI headers in the documentation and management of other corpora and collections of texts.

Key words

bibliographic records electronic texts electronic title page large corpora standard generalized markup language SGML text encoding initiative TEI 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominic Dunlop
    • 1
  1. 1.Computing ServicesOxford UniversityOxfordUK

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